First Do No Harm: The DEA targets Physicians who treat their patients pain.

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As a suffer of chronic pain and cancer I find this move ridiculous.
I had a wonderful life of normalcy until one evening driving home, I was broadsided by a drunk driver at hi speed. From that moment of impact, my life has never been the same! I won't go into every single diagnosis & complication, I'll just say my injuries left me disabled. Initially, I tried conservative treatments like Physical Therapy & Vax-D, to Injections & multiple surgeries, along with being on several different types of medication (both narcotic & non-narcotic). I have lived every single, solitary day of my life since that accident, in pain! But finally, once I was put on the right combination of medication (& yes they are Opioids,) it provided me with enough pain relief so that I could function again, even though it was still at a limited level, it brings back some of the normalcy that you lost in your life!!! You feel like for once, you have some control over your life again instead of the pain controlling every aspect of your life! When your pain is well controlled, you can actually wake-up & plan to accomplish something that day!! You can actually schedule a few things again, instead of never being able to commit to anything because you don't know that you'll be able to get out of bed that day?? It gives you back some self-worth. My accident has cost me SO MUCH: my career, my ability to earn a significant paycheck, my credit (Bankruptcy), my relationship. That's what the Gov't. Agencies (DEA) & PROP Groups don't understand! When you have to live with disabling pain every single day, there are enough challenges without having to fight for something we should be entitled to in the first place!!!! We should be entitled to the proper treatment or medication which can make an enormous difference in the life of a chronic pain patient, (without debate!) All chronic pain patients should be entitled to: 1). Drs. Willing To accept & Treat chronic pain patients. Many of us cannot even find a Dr. willing to care for us! ! We are turned away time & again as soon as you say "chronic pain." 2.). A Dr compassionate about the struggles of living with chronic pain & cares about whether his patient has any "quality of life" remaining. 2). Your Dr. should have the ability to treat you in accordance with your diagnosis', medical history, pain etc...without any fear of repercussions!! 3). We as patients, deserve to be treated with respect & dignity espec. from medical/pharmacy staff. We don't deserve to be treated as a drug addict & embarrassed in front of other people! 4). As as patient, we should have reasonably easy access to filling prescribed medication. 5). A pharmacist should NOT be able to override a physician's prescription; verify yes, override no!! 5). A good "Support Sytem" is also very important!
The life of a chronic pain patient.
I am a victim who can no longer get relief for my chronic pain. My only crime is to have been hurt in the line of duty as a U S Marine.
i just went to my pain mgmt. dr.'s office and was told that the dea is "cracking down" and making them cut my pain medication dose to less than half. i have had brain surgery, from that i started to get sinus infections and developed chronic sinusitis and severe headaches. i had had two pneumo thorax's on the right side, copd with chronic bronchitis and emphysema with pain in the right lung. to add insult to injury, i had knee surgery in both knees, i also have multiple herniated discs in both my neck and back with degeneration, and spinal stenosis. there is no cure for emphysema,i used to get epidural injections for my neck and back. because i take steriods (prednisone) for my emphysema i can no longer get epidurals. and i don't go out unless i go to the doctor's. in spite of it all even though i have all these problems, i try to stay upbeat. but now i've been told that my medications have to be cut by less than half the dose, and i've been on this dose for about 12 yrs.
i don't sleep as it is, i can't even imagine how i'm going to feel - i hardly have quality of life now. but now i don't imagine i'll have life at all - i've never asked for an increase of the dose i've been on all these yrs., i'm a senior citizen, and i'm being treated like a criminal because of all the people who do abuse these drugs, and people with severe pain ityare supposed to suffer. not only will what little quality of life i have be taken away, so will my desire for life at all be taken as well.
another pain sufferer from new york
I am an American Citizen who suffers from chronic pain, why can't I have my pain medication? Now I have to go to the doctors every 30 days and pay more co-pays. Why do good law abiding citizens always get punished for the wrong doings of others? If you truly cared then why are the drug addicts aloud to smoke pot legally, alcohol is legal, illegals get free medical care, food stamps etc. You say people die from overdose, well people die from alcohol but I don't see you doing anything about that and now you have legalized pot, HYPOCRITES
The pain I go through daily is only lessened by the opiates I have used for almost a decade. And then, it is only enough to reduce the pain about 1/3, which is far more tolerable, except on bad days. My doctor's excuse for not increasing and/or changing my dosages and medications for almost FIVE years now (even though I have increased pain AND tolerance to the drug), was "the DEA is really cracking down on us." There was no discussion, just an IMMEDIATE "NOPE!" This makes me feel like a statistic, instead of a patient who needs treatment for chronic pain! All I wanted was to change my typical prescription for a different medication for a month or two, so that tolerance to my regular medication was decreased. No discussion, just NO! The DEA really has no compassion! Not to mention, I had to go to THREE pharmacies in order to find one with my medication in stock! I've always been good, no dirty urines, etc. but they don't want to actually treat their patients' pain and treat each like an individual. Makes me so sad and distressed because I've been going to the same doctor for 19 years (half my life!) so it's not like I doctor shop!
Something is very wrong with health care and I think we all know it. I have chronic pain, ptsd and depression for the past 8 months I have tried to talk to my pain management about increasing pain radiating to my legs. I was advised to go to ER as they only took care of my back and neck. ER was frustrated and they kept sending me back to pain management. I didn't have a primary as no one in area was accepting new patients. I was told that my condition was untreatable because of my insurance-medicare and Medicaid. long story short, they dismissed me as patient. Since then I have been going from dr. to dr. trying to find help for pain management as well as depression and ptsd. I have no history of drug abuse, have passed every urine test and blood test don't even drink alcohol. Doctors complain about being afraid to write pain med prescriptions and also admit freely that they know I am in a lot of pain. They ignore my depression and ptsd. Finally this primary prescribed blood pressure meds when for months it has been stroke zone. I am desperate for help don't know where to turn or who to complain to..now I have decided to hand doctors a written report of my medical complaints when I visit them so they become part of the record. I will keep a record in case they disappear or don't appear on my medical records. because I live in a senior/disabled building I see how many people are treated exactly the same way. we don't feel we have any power or control and that the doctors do not care. currently on a very limited income I have to travel 1 1/2 hours to see a primary and he will only write prescription for 12-15 days. I can't get medical trans because he is a primary and in a different county and because of sciatica pain down my leg I have great difficulty driving. We are being treated inhumanely and in then process of forming a group to lobby our representatives who are not currently representing us. please contact me if readers want to join us in flash mobs, petition drives and protest marches as well as lobbying to congressmen and senators.etc. 315.767.2702 I have sciatia, degenerative disc disease, spondys spondylosis, stenosis, a fracture l5 s1 w nerve compression, multiple herniations I have had cervical anterior disc and fusion. c5/6. I have a bachelors degree in sociology and was substitute teaching. I have no quality of life now am hopeless .
I was going to Dr. Webb on 1st and 7th Ave over top of BB&t Bank. A Phyciastrist, where he was prescribing me Oxycodone 30, Valium 10 and I started having seizures and he told me not to go to my family Dr. That he would take care of my seizures, yet he is not an M D and not qualified to do so but he did. Well the last month I was there I had a pill count in which 81 1/2 were there, his assistant Annette followed me to the bathroom for the urine test and we were not allowed to take our purse in, well she left the bathroom and the building for the day and I came out of the bathroom looking for my keys but noticed that my pills were gone. She stole them all. I had not left the office yet and I told them, emptied my purse and told them I would strip for them because I didn't have my pills she (Annette) stole them but know I didn't have them they took her word for that the next day . I waited on Dr. Webb to leave and his words was "that's ********" and they dismissed me from practice. Now you tell me if a Dr. That never speaks a word to you except " is your pills doing ok" as he is writing them and sliding them over to you. Do you think that is a Dr. Or a pill mill and he needs shut down. He gets people started on this then cuts them off and kills them. I think he needs shut down but he is not afraid of the DEA. He thinks he is untouchable.
WITHOUT MY MEDICATION IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO SIT OR STAND FOR PROLONGED PERIODS OF TIME.I HAVE SEVERE DEGENERATION OF RHE SPINE AND KNEES.WHEMN I SIT FOR PROLONGED PERIODS OF TIME I EXPERIENCE SEVERE PAIN IN MY KNEES AND DOWN THE BACK OF BOTH LEGS.I ALSO HAD NECK SURGERY FOR COMPRESSED DISC WHICH CAUSEDPERMANENT NERVE DAMAGE THAT CAUSES PAIN IN MY LEFT ARM. MY DOCTOR REJECT MY REFILL OF HYDROCODONE AND DID NOT PRESCRIBE ANYTHING TO REPLACE IT. SO WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO.
it's time to march...if we can stand up long enough...against lawmakers who have made our lives a living hell .
Doctors need to be held accountable for basically being too lazy and lacking the compassion so desperately needed by chronic pain suffers. Many of whom are not addicts bit dependent on opiates much like an asthmatic is dependent but not addicted to their inhaler ...
I am a 23 year old young mother and recently I was forced out of my pain management clinic on what I believe is unjust cause. The doctor I saw refused to treat me for the pain intensifying that was his responsibility to treat. Instead of doing that, he had his nurse tell me rudely that Tylenol should help, and to go to the ER. I followed their advice and went to the ER. And by them telling me that I assumed they had to have known that the ER would treat the pain that was HIS responsbility to take care of. I was released from his practice for going to the ER after his nurse told me to do that! And now? My Family medicine doctor has stopped prescribing me other medications that I was on for insomnia because of this doctor releasing me. When are the doctors going to start to treating patients better? Just because I'm young and have painful back conditions doesn't mean I am a drug seeker or junkie! It is cruel and unfair how I am now labeled this way because of that doctor not following the guidelines of his care for me as his patient. He knew that my pain got worse in March and April of 2014 and he ignored it. And then kicked me out of his practice when he saw I went to the ER under his nurses directions. Are we ever going to get correct care or is the medical system going to turn out to be just as bad as the Governement is lately? Doctors, nurses, and every medical career field person has taken that Hippocratic Oath of "First I shall do no harm." I have to say that I'm certain the man himself who first wrote those words is likely watching the men and women who are healthcare providers now and shaking his head because all health care providers do now is harm. They scruntinize us for every single little thing and the moment that we MENTION a drugs name? Oh no, she has to be a druggie just because she has paid attention to the medicines she has been given in the past that work? THAT is absurd.
The medical field has become so obsessed with stopping medication abuse that they've lost their primary focus - treating patients. Denying appropriate treatment to those in pain isn't going to stop those who are using drugs for recreational use. The only thing it's doing is preventing people in pain from living their lives. Many people who are disabled by pain could be contributing members of society if adequately treated. The number of suicides in the chronic pain population are significantly higher than the healthy population. Denying treatment, under treating pain and making it more difficult to get treatment will only increase this number. It's incredibly hard to live a life in constant pain - for many of us it's debilitating enough that we cannot work, hold down relationships, or even do simple everyday tasks. Add to that the stress & work needed to find a doctor willing to treat pain and a pharmacy willing to dispense our medication and it becomes nearly impossible. Pain patients have done nothing wrong, so why are we being victimized?
Pam Bondi's policies have humiliated thousands of people like me who have a legitimate need for long term pain management in Florida. I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and it's getting tougher for people in need to get the medication they need just to reach a minimum quality of life. Like my doctor says: I'll never be able to take away your pain completely, but I think we can get you to a reasonable level of pain you can live with. That's all we want - a reasonable quality of life. If we are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, people like Pam Bondi are doing their best to take away all three from those of us bound in the miserable chains of chronic pain. That's no life. It's an existence that affects not only patient but the patient's loved ones. Please don't forget about us.
Everyone should have access to relieve their pain. If the technology provides for pain relief, those who need it should not be scrutinized for it
Many, many chronic pain patients including myself have signed this petition. Why are we suffering needlessly? Do you know me? Do you know my history? Do you care? All you have done with this ******** law now is supporting the drug cartel even more, but then again that has been going on for a long, long, long time. Why don't you start working on the real issues in America like, WAR! Karma always comes back! Watch out now.
I have Lupus with chronic severe RA PAIN. Doctors have prescribed me so many different kind of drugs that do not help and have so many different side effects that cause more problems for me. I am 51 with 3 kids and I can not be a normal functioning parent for them. My Doctor refuses to continue prescribing me my roxicodone any longer which helps me very much and does not have the acetaminophen that causes many problems that I don't need
I was taking them as prescribed not abusing them. And just because several other people abused them or sold them I have to suffer the consequences and pain for the rest of my life. Its not fair why must I be punished because a few bad apples and the rest of the chronic pain patients have to suffer it's very hard to live like this not being able to function like everyone else. Suicide has crossed my mind several times this is so unfair.I cannot believe I live in the United States of America, I am ashamed of our government.
This is really gonna suck from going on paying every 3 months for my norco's to now every month in which I always hit my gap ooverage at this time of the year & its a lot easier by paying the last 3 months for my norco's but now I am gonna find out what its gonna cost monthly when I go get my one month supply on Oct. 6th as I already pay enough being in the gap part of $320 bucks a month but thats gonna go up w/ my norco's being a monthly bill & being on SSD income its not like I get a******load of cash, its just enough, wish I would of kepted my SSD payout in 2011 of $93500 in back pay to move out of this country just sickening..........
This action will surely leave so many individuals such as myself in intense, overbearing pain, which has been considerably relieved over the years with 30 mg p/d of Hydrocodone. Well, FDA, are you proud of your misguided efforts to fight a drug war that was caused by ABUSERS, not careful, responsible, necessary users? Your actions are muddled by warped, misguided govermental rules to punish the already health compromised individuals! I'd fear to have your karma for your cruel deed!
There is a HUGE difference between the misuse of chemical substances for the purpose of altering one's mood/getting high and the responsible use of pain medications for the purpose of reducing suffering and improving quality of life for those of us legitimately afflicted with 24/7 debilitating chronic pain!
Please leave treatment between me and my doctor.
I had to find another Dr. As my insurance changed from Humana to Medicaid and because I have a pain management Dr. (MIND YOU, THE DAY BEFORE THE SET APPOINTMENT from 2 weeks prior) Dr.Jamie Pollock office called me and said they thought it would be better if I go to a Clinic because I have 1) a pain management Dr. and 2) I have Medicaid. I CLEARLY STATED THAT I NEEDED A BASIC MAINTENANCE
DR. AND Not a Dr. To write pain medicines. MY HUSBAND DOES NOT have a pain management Dr. but she clearly stated you and your Husband.
People in pain shouldn't be treated like junkies looking for a fix. It's well known that pain is undertreated in this country. To be in pain and then be treated badly by medical professionals is just insult added to injury.
Doctor was Dr. Nets
Age 7 I was roller skating some one tripped me, I flew through the air and broke my right ankle I had to wait for swelling to go down before a cast could be put on my right ankle. my right ankle started healing before the cast could be put on. Dr. Nets had to put me under and re-break my right ankle and you set it right.

Shortly after my parents sent me to school with me in the cast and walking in crutches. I fell again and re-broke my right ankle. It was set into a cast right away. My right ankle was never the same.

Age 8 a boulder rolled over my left foot broke my foot and smashed my toes was wired together toenails were sewen back on. A few years later the wires started coming out my left foot. I was put under again the wires were taken out. My foot has never been the same.

Age 10 I was skate boarding fell and broke my left ankle it did the same as the right ankle as far as healing before the swelling went down again I was put under that left ankle was set and a cast was put on. My left ankle was never the same.

Age 17 I lived in Hudson New York was driving to Syracuse New York 1:00 AM mid January freezing cold a drunk hit me head on I was unable to see him because he did not have his head lights on. He hit me head on I took out a power line pole and hit a old oak tree the engine came in on me and cut my right knee and left me off the doctors said it was only hanging on by skin on the back of my legs. I do remember the police and the ambulance workers asking me how I got out of the car and how I was able to stand. I don't remember anything from that car accident. I was in a coma for three months. After I came out of the coma the doctor told me they lost me on the table due to great amount of loss of blood, they gave me three blood transfusions. The healing of my legs was excruciating pain but I did heal. I was not given any pain pills that was a very painful incident...

1993 I was driving in Denver Colorado south on Colorado Boulevard some one was talking on a cell phone. I was stopped because the traffic was stopped in front of me. I was hit so hard my car hit the car in front of me, the car in front of me hit the car in front of him. I broke some vertebrates in my back S1 to L4 had three surgeries for that incidents. It took a year to get better.

1995 was at work driving a dump truck was guiding a person using a backhoe to Guide a 1 ton concrete block to staff in the yard for the company ready mix she jerked smashed my left hand I hold my glove off and three fingers were left in the glove my fingers were attached by wires and pins. The pain was so excruciating that they had to numb my hand because pain pills would not work. My hand is not the same.

1999 I was helping my husband do a electric car window something snapped came down cut my left pointer finger off like a chicken bone right where it's bends.. I was again in very excruciating pain. At the same time this cut the tendon that would clear up i
I can't sleep because of debilitating pain. I have never had a ticket, been arrested, drug trafficking, and these doctors think it is a joke. IT IS NOT A JOKE! I WANT TO COMMIT SUICIDE AFTER I PUT MY SERVICE DOG DOWN. I LAY IN BED ALL NIGHT CRYING THEN HE GETS UP AND LAY ON THE COUCH CRYING. MY SERVICE DOG IS NOT HAPPY, LIKE SHE USED TO BE. I WOULD EVEN KNOW WHERE TO OR HOW SHOE KIDS ILLEGAL DRUGS TO HAVE SOME SOURCE OF LIFE. THE LIFE I HAVE NOW IS NOT ALL I THINK ABOUT IS SUICIDE AFTER I GET ANYBODY WHO HAS WRONGED ME.
Doctor was Dr. Nets
Age 7 I was roller skating some one tripped me, I flew through the air and broke my right ankle I had to wait for swelling to go down before a cast could be put on my right ankle. my right ankle started healing before the cast could be put on. Dr. Nets had to put me under and re-break my right ankle and you set it right.

Shortly after my parents sent me to school with me in the cast and walking in crutches. I fell again and re-broke my right ankle. It was set into a cast right away. My right ankle was never the same.

Age 8 a boulder rolled over my left foot broke my foot and smashed my toes was wired together toenails were sewen back on. A few years later the wires started coming out my left foot. I was put under again the wires were taken out. My foot has never been the same.

Age 10 I was skate boarding fell and broke my left ankle it did the same as the right ankle as far as healing before the swelling went down again I was put under that left ankle was set and a cast was put on. My left ankle was never the same.

Age 17 I lived in Hudson New York was driving to Syracuse New York 1:00 AM mid January freezing cold a drunk hit me head on I was unable to see him because he did not have his head lights on. He hit me head on I took out a power line pole and hit a old oak tree the engine came in on me and cut my right knee and left me off the doctors said it was only hanging on by skin on the back of my legs. I do remember the police and the ambulance workers asking me how I got out of the car and how I was able to stand. I don't remember anything from that car accident. I was in a coma for three months. After I came out of the coma the doctor told me they lost me on the table due to great amount of loss of blood, they gave me three blood transfusions. The healing of my legs was excruciating pain but I did heal. I was not given any pain pills that was a very painful incident...

1993 I was driving in Denver Colorado south on Colorado Boulevard some one was talking on a cell phone. I was stopped because the traffic was stopped in front of me. I was hit so hard my car hit the car in front of me, the car in front of me hit the car in front of him. I broke some vertebrates in my back S1 to L4 had three surgeries for that incidents. It took a year to get better.

1995 was at work driving a dump truck was guiding a person using a backhoe to Guide a 1 ton concrete block to staff in the yard for the compan
I know what it's like to consider taking an overdose of my heart meds because I cannot tolerate the suffering I go thru. I have no help from the medical community anymore. I know what it's like to consider buying illegal drugs because I am going out of my mind with severe pain. My life is destroyed at 52 yrs old. It is a HORRIBLE WAY TO LIVE, if you can call it living. PLEASE HELP US. People need help with the management of their on-going pain. It ISN'T RIGHT to make people suffer to the point that they want to commit suicide. My God, I do not deserve this, nobody does.
I resent the problems involved with this subject. I am in my 70's and have had chronic back, neck and shoulder pain for many years. My doctor's prescription is always a problem being refilled even though I have been a patient for more than twenty years and he knows me very well as does my pharmacist...
These drs. Take an oath to help not hurt, the government needs to be held accountable as well, they play the larger role and have finally come between patient and dr. Unless you have been in chronic pain, you cannot relate. I watch my 87 y/o father in law, 4 total hip surgerys, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and pain. His 40 year relationship with his PCP is strainded because he refuses to RX ULTRAM aka, tramadol, a non opiate, but acts like an opiate. One pill a day controls this old mans pain, yet still cannot get it. Our society and government are not looking out for our old people, am I in the US, or another country!
I am a very intelligent and outgoing person who had a wonderful childhood and had so many dreams for the future... Then I developed a horrid disease (won't go into what for time sakes) in which multiple brain surgeries were preformed and one was botched which made things much worse and required many more surgeries and more metal in my head to fix. I have had to drop out of college, haven't been able to work a single day since I was 18 and have no social life at all anymore after being able to do little more than sit in my apartment in terrible pain. Thank God for animals, books and music. Throughout this whole time I have had to suffer much more pain than necessary (while worrying and panicking like crazy) due to the DEA's incursion into medicine and their idea that Doctors are drug dealers and pain patients are addicts. Everyday of my life I suffer horribly and with the direction things are going I may simply have to flee this country (if not flee this life) and look for a country that actually respects the civil and human rights of those with painful medical problems. God Bless all others with pain. We never asked nor wanted this, please don't treat us this way... God Bless all those with horrid intractable pain and disease.
In January 2014 I had to stop working as my pain level no longer allowed me to. I have a twisted scoliatic spine, 5 lumbar/thoracic disks, 2 large bone spurs, bilateral sciatica, spinal stenosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis etc., etc. Severe osteoporosis complicates it all.
I kept working pt through an AARP program in nonprofit and government until a car crash in 12/13 finished a partial rotator cuff tear, making it a complete one, tearing another and further injuring my spine. That was about the time Florida entered into the DEA'S "watchdog" system, which had every legitimate physician, patient and pharmacy scared to death of going to jail for exceeding their allotted amount by even one pill.
Until that time, I was able to work and to help and provide services to many in more pain than myself.
Now because of the fear, rising costs and limited availability, I usually drive up to 250 miles to fill just one of my two prescriptions every month, am treated like a drug dealer (at 65 old with white hair and walking with cuff crutches).
My Dr., bless him states that the USA is one of the rare 'Opioid Phobic nations' completely blinded by how many lives these medicines can prevent suffering and create a positive outlook for many individuals.
Thank you for your time. As a post script I would like to add that what our government has done is dramatically increase the sales and use of street drugs, especially heroin, which has climbed 13% since 2012 in my area. It is cheap, readily available and dangerously potent.
I stepped out of a moving car in Nov 2000 to get away from an abusive boyfriend. I had an open dislocation of my right ankle. Spent four days in hospital, and it was a yr 8 months for my stitches to heal. I have worn a wedge in my shoe because my foot doesn't go flat. I walk on the ball of my foot. After all these years I now have Lumbar spinal stenosis, 3 bulging discs, dehydrated discs, spurs, arthritis in lower back, slight scoliosis, sciatic nerve symptoms. Limited mobility rt ankle, severe chronic edema, chronic pain, post-traumatic generative osteoarthritis and bone spurs.
My foot swells every time I stand or walk. Tends to effect my activities. I take prescription anti-inflammatory and pain medicine. Between my back and my foot, its hard to do anything. I can't imagine not having any pain meds...
I suffer from debilitating migraines. When I was able to access pain medication as I needed it I was able to get by and miss work only occasionally. I've been told it's the pain medication that causes my migraines. Since they have just about "weened" me off my pain medication my migraines are worse than they have ever been. I am not able to take medication in the early stage of a migraine preventing it from progressing to a more severe migraine. Now they are lasting up to four and five days since I can't stop them at the first sign of pain. I am missing so much more work now than I ever have. I also have three kids that count on me and is is so hard to give them what they need with the level of pain that I am experiencing without my pain medication.
I start getting getting arthritis when I was 39 years old, that was 20 years ago. I have had 9 surgeries (Back, Hand, Wrist, Hip replacement & knee replacement). I can't have surgery on my feet, ankles, fingers ect. You get the picture, I hurt all over. I don't just want to stop living at age 59. All I want to do is go to work and take care of my family. Without my pain medication that will be impossible! NOW WHAT??
I have been in a few car crashes... And due to that and also a work issue where I was hurt and got both knees screwed up... My knees back neck shoulders are pretty much hell to deal with. And I have been on pain meds for 14 years and due to that... I am treated like a criminal. I am told they will not treat me.. I have been told they would ween me off meds.. I have been told that I don't have pain that my issues are because of the meds I am on. Seeing as I was on no pain meds for the first car wreck and for almost 6 months I could not walk and gained 50+ pounds.. Yea sure.. I don't need pain meds.. HA!.. Then I found a great doctor. Helped me out.. But he retired and now I am SOL... I have been going around looking for a doctor or pain management doctor to help me. But each time they say the same thing.. I will only give you half of what you take now.. So now my dose is at a 1/4th or less of what my doctor had me on.. And now I can't even get around again.. I can walk but I don't do much of it.. Everything hurts.. I have 2 kid's who I can't even spend much time with.. So they will grow up with a dad who just sits there.. I give them my full attention and talk to them and play with them sitting down and do everything I can to show them I love them.. But they don't understand.. They know daddy is in pain all the time and always hurts.. But it's not fair to them... They said.. But you use to do stuff with us.. Why can't you do stuff anymore.. The doctor helped you and you could do stuff. I told them that he retired and he does not work as a doctor anymore.. Because he is old.. So daddy can't find a doctor that is willing to help. Even with proof of the car wrecks and everything.. I still am labeled a criminal... And I am made to suffer.. My only way out is to kill my self.. I have been thinking of it a lot.. Just the thought of not hurting anymore sounds so good to me.... So I have 2 choices... Live my life in a crazy house locked away because I don't want to suffer and they treat me in house... Or I live out here in pain suffer and be called a criminal.... And live a life full of wishing to die and just end it all... I don't want to die.. But it just seems that's the only way out today in this world.. No one cares.. No one will do anything. There are only 4 pain places in my area.. And I found out that once you go to a pain management doctor.. Normal doctor's will not even write you a script... Sucks.. So 1 of the places are not accepting new patients.. One wanted to take me off my meds and stick pins in my skin to heal me.. wtf??.... The other one I am seeing now is the one who cut me down to less then 1/4th of what I was taking to function. And the last place that isn't an hour drive away.. Seeing as I can't drive because of the little I do take... I have no way to get to anywhere else.. So the last place I made an appointment for tomorrow.. But I heard they do the same thing as the rest.. So I know I will just be seen as a criminal just like eve
OK a quick back story for me is as follows. At 11 years old i was given 4 hydrocodone 10/500 a day for a severe shoulder condition involving instability and multiple dislocations and separations a month. Flash forward to me turning 18, my primary doctor did a physical with urine testing and sure enough my liver sustained severe damage from all the acetaminophen. I was switched to roxicodone which is solely instant release oxycodone 5mg 4 a day. Within 4 months i was on 4 30mg tablets because of a back surgery i went through. My issue here is separation of powers, the federal government and state government. DEA will always be a federal agency so they invade the states in an effort to waste billions of dollars. There are plenty of drug seekers i have always been a huge advocate of databases along with regular urine toxicology tests and pill counts. With those rules you will be able to get your medication and doctors will be able to weed out the bad apples. Doctors are scared because they risk everything even writing a few control 2 drugs for pain management. The drug enforcement agency should be bringing down giant pill mills for example search Doctor Gosy buffalo NY, they just raided his office here in my hometown for what i believe to be a evidence gathering expedition to present to a grand jury so they can bring indictment's down on him. Good luck to those who need treatment.
I got hit by a car and partially run over on 9-13-2012... just over 2 years ago. I've had 5 surgeries, and the most recent one left me in MORE pain than before the surgery. I am in chronic pain every single day of my life. I'm only in my 30s, and facing a life like this is more than depressing. But at least I have pain medication that keeps me from being completely bedridden. If I did not have it, I would certainly be on suicide watch. I never asked for this pain, it's from an accident. I don't smoke or drink, and I'm not overweight, and even if I was a heavy smoker who drank and weighed 300 lbs, it would still be cruel NOT to treat my pain. I did everything "right" (so-called), everything parents raise their children to do. I was an honor student, got a good job in a high-demand field, etc., and now I'm being treated like a potential drug addict because of something that happened to me 2 years ago that was not my fault.

Please know that people like me have an *excruciating* existence... literally. Intimidating doctors into not treating our pain is immoral. We need to be given the benefit of the doubt. Please have some compassion. Our lives are already hard enough.
My boyfriend was delivered with broken legs thanks to an abusive father. Twelve years ago he had a motorcycle wreck that put the throttle threw his eye socket doing a lot of damage to his body. He never took more than Aleve for the next five years. Now he can barely get out of bed. There isn't a dr. In this area that will prescribe anything cause they're scared of the dea. It is horrible to watch the one you love in so much pain. There has to be something that can be done for the pros in chronic pain..They deserve help..desperate in mississippi.
I have a back issue, bulging disk, shrapnel in my foot, TMJ, bad knees. The FAMILY need to mind their business and worry about what's truly in the vaccines they pretty much force our kids to get. This is complete garbage. They just need to focus on the laws that are already on the books.
I am a sufferer of chronic pain due to back conditions caused by a car wreck and spine did orders. Due to laws by the dea in place pharmacist overstep their boundaries when a pain doctor is prescribing pain medication. People that have legit pain should be able to get their pain medication to help them function and live a pain free life. Not every patient in pain management is a abuser of their medication.
PLEASE WEED OUT THE PEOPLE WHO GO TO A PAIN DOCTOR JUST TO GET HIGH AND ABUSE MEDICATION FROM THE PATIENTS WHO REALLY AND TRULY NEED THESE MEDICATION TO HAVE A MORE FUNCTIONAL LIFESTYLE OUR GOVERNMENT ARE SCARED TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT WOULD PUT AN END TO DOCTORS WHO PRESCRIBE PILLS OUT OF BUSINESS...I AM HIV POSITIVE AND I DO SUFFER FROM BACK PAIN AND NEUROPATHY AKA LEG, ANKLE AND FOOT PAIN...PAIN MEDICATION DOES NOT HELP AS WELL AS CANNIBIS
As if things werent impossible enough?? I've been suffering with unbearable life altering chronic back and leg pain for the past 13yrs. I've suffered through 3 lumbar surgeries having worked the first 7yrs as a single mother raising 2 babies before having to go on disability which I NEVER thought I would ever have to do. I started working at age 15yrs old and was extremely active. I now suffer from nerve,muscle tissue and disc damage as a direct result of doctors misdiagnosing and reluctance to appropriately treat me which is exactly what this topic addresses. I continue this fight and suffer to this very day.
I have experienced the humiliation - went without pain medication - Pain is individual, so should treatment be between dr & patient. I hope everyone behind this "new" law someday have to experience chronic pain, Knowing that there is help & that they are not deemed worth of getting it.
Approaching 70 with chronic back issues, I am still able to function semi-normally and remain rational with low dosage 5/325 hydrocodone. Not exactly the heavy stuff. Moving this to Schedule 2 is ridiculous and will probably deter my long time physician from continuing my minimal prescription. More alcohol might be a solution?? Bye Bye Liver. A "free" country??
Please protect the ill and disabled. No one should have to suffer for any reason. Please protect the ones that need it. Allow the police to deal with the criminals but remember that their is a difference between the patients and criminals. No one asks to be ill or deserves discrimination.
What a evil evil thing to do to sick people who have the pain of cancer. What Florida should of done like other states was to monitor their pain management. No they wait until it's out of control and people like myself get hardly anything at all and some days wish to die. Maybe they should have our pain for a few days,,, those judgemental do gooders who have reduced the pain pill overdosing but have raised the heroin use. Shame on this state and other states like this one. Our higher power will deal with them!
What a evil evil thing to do to sick people who have the pain of cancer. What Florida should of done like other states was to monitor their pain management. No they wait until it's out of control and people like myself get hardly anything at all and some days wish to die. Maybe they should have our pain for a few days,,, those judgemental do gooders who have reduced the pain pill overdosing but have raised the heroin use. Shame on this state and other states like this one. Our higher power will deal with them!
I am 60 years old and have my own business in remodeling. I also have chronic back pain and arthritis which I take vicodin to allow me to work!
Without it I will have to go on disability, which I don't want to do!
This is ********.My Wife of sixty two has degenerative spine d. She has fibrom.Arthritis.Now after paying our dues taxes all our lives and paying for drugs to illegals for thirty years she is cut off by her primary Dr. Of pain meds.She was using7.5 lortabs 90 every three months even though the Dr.said take one every six hours no abuse at all here.WHAT THE **** DEA WHEN YOU GET PAIN SUFFER SUFFER !!!SUFFER!!!
Just reading this made me start to cry. I am the victim of all of the above & treated so badly wherever/whoever I go to. I and a crowd of people did have one, ONE good anesthiologist who was loving & caring and always had a smile but was not just a pill pusher either but he died suddenly at age 38 of a freak heart attack..his name was Dr. Chad Wilde & anywhere u look him up you will find awards given to him & not one bad comment. Now we are all scattered to the winds & the abuse once again. It hurts & is so embarrassing esp. when doctors lie to my face about what has gone on between I & him/her or just nag me/scare me when they r in a bad mood just like kicking a dog around. I never have come in early or misused my meds, yet i am forced to have a total anxiety attack whenEVER I go in to my appts. because I never know what mood he will be in or what verbal abuse I will be forced to deal with because he knows I need my pain relief. There is no other solution in the medical world for what I have and my life doesn't seem worth it anymore when I am like this. I pray something can be done.
DEA this is ENOUGH! You know why you are targeting legitimate pain patients, and it has nothing to do with keeping us safe! Karma always comes home to roost.
The DEA is out of control. They are placing themselves between the doctor and the patient. They should be placing themselves between cartels and users, not doctors and patients. As a chronic pain patient, I have had to endure years of suffering until finally reaching a doctor who would properly manage my pain so that I can continue working as an engineer (with advanced degrees). I've never been arrested. I carry a secret clearance. I don't drink alcohol. Pain medication allows me to work, be productive, take care of my family, and live a decent quality of life. It turns out that I was poisoned by mold working in a government facility and nothing was done about it. I received no compensation. Neither did the other poor souls who were sickened as well. My life has never been the same and I've lived in severe pain with "fibromyalgia" a.k.a. mycotoxicosis and central nervous system damage caused by inadequate maintenance of the buildings and the HVAC system in the building. Furthermore I have neck and back problems. Pain medicine has saved my life. I would be a burden on society if not for my pain management specialist. My rheumatologist referred most of his patients out or cut their medication due to D.E.A. intimidation. The D.E.A. are not medical doctors nor are they experts on pain treatment and therefore they need to simply butt out. There's a drug war on the Mexican border, how about you go attend to that and leave us alone so we can live a somewhat normal life? The war on drugs is failed policy at any rate, and the D.E.A. should be disbanded immediately, and all illegal substance issues should be dealt with locally. It even became where I was treated like a criminal at my local (big box) pharmacy after I began seeing the Pain Management Specialist. They delayed my medications, they lied to me, and they even told me they couldn't fill my medicine because it was "early" or "my insurance wouldn't cover it yet". I was not early, and I discovered that my insurance would pay for it no matter when the NEW prescription was delivered to the pharmacy. Nothing is worse than a pack of lying jerks at a pharmacy you thought you could trust and that has known you for years. Honorable mention to Tara at CVS for lying to me and causing me to suffer needlessly thinking she was the pain police. We are sick of the discrimination and being treated like criminals and second-class citizens. I hope all involved in preventing chronic pain patients from received the relief they are entitled too suffer chronic pain and suffering. That may sound cruel, but the only way to understand it is to live it. I'd put money the agents, pharmacists, and the other opiophobes would change their minds if it were themselves or a loved one suffering with pain every day. This is about quality of life. Go after real criminals, and leave us alone.
Pain clinics hand suboxone and other meds 2 drug addicts and expect them 2 manage medication ! Crazy thinking ? East Tennessee is the worst place 2 live! I wish they would cut Medicaid and other state funded programs or at least pay closer attention to those people using them. I'm a mother of an addict and have known a few people in pain that quickly became addicts . Is there anything we can do 2 solve this problem???
Pain clinics hand suboxone and other meds 2 drug addicts and expect them 2 manage medication ! Crazy thinking ? East Tennessee is the worst place 2 live! I wish they would cut Medicaid and other state funded programs or at least pay closer attention to those people using them. I'm a mother of an addict and have known a few people in pain that quickly became addicts . Is there anything we can do 2 solve this problem???
Why doesn't the dea go after the head doctors that are supplying Xanax? It is worse than pain meds and I know of lots of young people on medicare supplement (medical card) that get and sell it. Dangerous drug more so than hydrocodone, I guarentee it is prescribed a lot and is abused.
Why doesn't the dea go after the head doctors that are supplying Xanax? It is worse than pain meds and I know of lots of young people on medicare supplement (medical card) that get and sell it. Dangerous drug more so than hydrocodone, I guarentee it is prescribed a lot and is abused.
I hope everyone that voted for obama are happy with his tranforming america. The drug lords keep pushing and somehow get their drugs and the working class that need some pain medicine to be able to work to pay the politicians wage are treated like the criminal. It makes me sick and ashamed.

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